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Q?. Is it worth my while getting one of the Pass offers?
Ans- First of all, think about what sort of travelling you want to do while on holiday. To find out whether a Pass offer is really worthwhile for you, go to the website of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and calculate the ticket prices for the individual journeys you want to make.
Full details of the individual offers provided by the Swiss Travel System are available here:
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Q?. Is it better to buy the Pass in Switzerland or order it in advance?
Ans- If you already know how many journeys you plan to make, it is advisable to buy the Pass in advance. There are advance ticket purchase offices in many countries, and you also have the possibility of buying the Pass online. What's more, given the current exchange rates it is often cheaper to buy the Pass outside Switzerland. You should also bear in mind that you cannot purchase the Swiss Transfer Ticket for example in Switzerland.
But if you want to be flexible and decide what journeys to make once you are here, then we recommend that you buy your Pass in Switzerland. The offers are available at most main railway stations throughout Switzerland.
Q?. Can I also book a Pass online at short notice, just before I leave?
Ans- If you're planning to travel to Switzerland in a few days' time, we recommend that you buy the Pass either at a Swiss railway station or with Altogold Travel.
Q?. Are reservations compulsory on Swiss trains?
Ans- No. You do not normally need reservations on trains in Switzerland; in fact it is often not possible for individual travellers to reserve seats. Panorama trains are the exception: on these trains reservations are compulsory.
Q?. What do I have to do to reserve seats on a panorama train?
Ans- The simplest way is to book the trains directly online. Please note that reservations are compulsory on most panorama trains. It is advisable to book panorama trains well in advance. More about panorama trains...
Q?.Do passengers travelling on a Saver Pass always have to travel together?
Ans- With the Saver Pass you only get one ticket. That means that everyone travelling has to travel together. But not all the members of the group have to travel at the same time: some can stay at the Accommodation or visit the town.
Q?. Are there discounts for families?
Ans- Yes. If the parents have an Swiss Travel System ticket, children up to age 16 travel free with their parents. The children are issued with a free Swiss Travel System Family Card as their ticket.
Q?. Is the Swiss Travel System Family Card also available for grandparents?
Ans- No. The free Swiss Travel System Family Card is available only for children travelling with at least one of their parents.
Grandparents travelling with their grandchildren can purchase a Grandchild Travelcard once they are in Switzerland. The Travelcard costs (2012) CHF 30.00 per child and is available at all larger railway stations throughout Switzerland. The Grandchild Travelcard is valid in the same way as the Swiss Travel System Family Card.
Q?. Do I benefit from any other discounts by buying a Swiss Travel System Pass?
Ans- You only benefit from further discounts if you purchase a Swiss Pass or a Swiss Flexi Pass. These Passes entitle you to free admission to over 400 museums, a 50% discount on most mountain railways and cableways (except the Jungfraujoch: 25% discount), discounts on hotel accommodation, and discounts on city tours.
Q?. Is the free admission to museums valid for the whole month with the Swiss Flexi Pass?
Ans - No. Free admission is granted only on the days validated for free travel.
Q?. Is the individual day of travel with the Swiss Pass valid 24 hours?
Ans- No. The individual day is a calendar day. That means the ticket is valid from 00.00 on the first day of validity to 5 am on the day following the last day of validity.
Q?. What is the difference between the Swiss Card and the Swiss Transfer Ticket?
Ans- Both tickets allow you to travel from the airport/border to your holiday destination and back. But with the Swiss Card you also get a 50% discount on the normal price when buying other tickets during your stay in Switzerland. Both tickets are valid one month.
Q?. I'm travelling with a lot of luggage; is it possible to check-in my luggage?Yes. You have the possibility of handing in your luggage at a Swiss railway station and picking it up again at your holiday destination. The larger railway stations also offer you the possibility of checking-in your luggage with many airlines the day before your flight.
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Q?. Is the Pass replaced if it is lost or stolen?
Ans- No. The Pass is neither replaced nor refunded.
Q?. What do I do if I have to cancel my travel plans?
Ans- Please contact your advance ticket purchase office or booking agent directly.
Q?. How do I activate my Swiss Pass? (applies to Open Date Passes only)
Ans- You can validate the Swiss Pass together with your Pass at any larger railway station throughout Switzerland. Please note that you need to validate your Pass before making your first journey.
Q?. It was great talking to you earlier, it seems as if there is a world of information waiting to burst out of you... fantastic.
OK if you could give us any advice about our plans below it would be much appreciated. You have already touched upon some of these but to give you a better idea of what we are planning I've broken it down below.
- Arriving and staying at Manor Farm September 2012.
- We will be staying at Manor Farm or Camp Jungfrau to provide us with different surrounding and views.
- However on we will check in then hike up to Berg hotel Faulhorn to spend a night and witness the claimed beautiful sunset and sunrise the next morning before joining the rest at Camp Jungfrau.
- We would also during our stay like to visit a thermal bath, an historic town, do some activities (paragliding, cannoning) and possibly visit the cliff side guest house at Ebenalp.
Considering the above would you recommend using public transport to get around or would it be much more convenient to drive. With that in mind how much would it actually cost for us to get around for the 15 days.
Also you mentioned that there are different ticket systems (national/regional and private), would you mind just explaining how that would affect us.
Ans:- Ill try to guide you.
To Hike to Faulhorn (I have walked Schinigge Platte Faulhorn and First twice) which route are you thinking (the quickest is Cable way to First the from memory 2 to 2,5 hour walk up hill at altitude so please allow for this). Another choice for the less fit is Niessen and stay overnight? If the party feel fit ie 5 hours they can walk on to Schinigge Plate (lovely walk and very popular now days.
Thermal baths are rare in our region the best I can offer is Leukerbad.
Looking at you idea I'm thinking you should consider Planplatten to Meiringen (Home of Meringue)/ Reuti
There is a lovely lesser known walk from Isenflue to the back of Schilthorn and on to Grutschalp.
If you get a general Swiss travel reduction ie Swiss Card you are half fare to Grindelwaldand to Kliene Schiedegg Swiss Pass you are free to Grindelwald and Half fare to Kliene schiedegg
The Regional Pass and Jungfrau pass (subtle difference eg Jungfrau pass only cover a small area) but offer greater freedom to travel in the region. (Visit http://www.regiopass-berneroberland.ch//home-en MOVE the map on the bottom left to see ALL THE AREA ) Boats trains, cable cars, buss most not all post busses and a lot more).
Re Costing that always difficult but with the pound to Swiss Franc currently poor the cost can be High on some trips.
If there is 10+ of you possibly a small mini bus but you would need to check the rules on this for 12 people including Driver!. Remember you can only drive so far into the mountains eg
You trip to Faulhorn is OK to Grindelwald the cable way to First followed by a walk
A trip to Muerren or Kliene schiedegg you would have to park at Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald ( I recommend Zwielutschinen to have a round trip).
If your here for 5 day days and its you First time heres a few ideas.
- Day 1 Ballenberg museam (Group entry ticket)and if time prevails Brienz town (wood carving centre)
- Day 2 Lauterbrunen, Grutschalp, Muerren, Stechelberg, Trummel bach, Lauterbrunnen with those wishing to do Schilthorn (2nd most expensive in Region)
- Day 3 Faulhorn
- Day 4 Leukbad and return via Goppinstien/ Kandersteg Those wish a change of venue either Neissen one of Europe's steepest funiculars or Kandersteg to Oeschenensee (beautiful lake in the mountains.
- Day 5 Bern or Lucerne though Lucerne is best known Bern the capital has just as much to offer except not by the lake.
There still lake trips or drives into real Switzerland and real Swiss valleys. Special rail runs by steam or Jungfraujoch (the most expensive!!)
If its overcast then Lucerne/Bern or the transport museum. Or Glasswork. Cheese making even Ballenberg is still quite nice.
You mention activities our reagion known as the play gardens of Europe and the choice is endless. Have a look at out activities page with a direct like to booking in advance any activities you like
Flying I like Geneva because at Zurich generally customers just miss the first train on account there plane unloaded way back in the airport with a 15-20min walk. Whereas Geneva it virtually off the plane 200m and on to a train. Basel you catch a bus depending on which country your entering. and the rail run is about 2.5 hour to Interlaken WEST station NOT OST.